Dead by Daylight’s next chapter brings two new characters from the world of K-pop, one Killer, and one Survivor.
Chapter 19, All-Kill, is now on the PC test realm. Players can jump in and try out the newest Killer, the Trickster, a K-pop star who turned from the artistry of music to the thrill of murder. For those who prefer playing Survivor side, the newest character is Yun-Jin Lee, the Trickster’s old producer who is now caught in the Entity’s realm along with her former colleague.
The Trickster’s unique power is Showstopper, a powerful ranged ability that allows him to quickly whittle down Survivors with rapid-fire throwing knives. This puts him in a league with the Huntress and the Deathslinger, both of whom have powerful ranged tools that allow them to set up traps for Survivors without relying on being close enough to secure the kill.
Start each trial with 60 Blades. Press and hold the Power button to wind up and enter the throw state. While in the throw state, tap the Attack Button to throw a single Blade, or hold down the Attack button to unleash a flurry of Blades. Throwing a flurry increases control and throw rate while decreasing movement and speed. Blades can be restocked at lockers.
A Survivor’s Laceration Meter increases each time they’re hit by a Blade. Once the meter is filled, they lose a health state, either becoming injured or downed. A Survivor’s Laceration Meter gradually decreases if they have not been hit by a Blade for a short time. Hitting a Survivor with a basic attack immediately decreases their Laceration Meter.
Every time the Trickster hits a Survivor, he fills his Event Meter. Once the Event Meter is full, the Trickster activates Main Event, which gives him an unlimited amount of blades to throw. His throw rate is significantly increased, and he does not slow down while he’s mid-throw, which makes him a much more potent ranged Killer.
As with all other characters, the Trickster has a set of perks that enhance his gameplay and allow him to set up some extra strategies while hunting down the four Survivors.
When carrying a Survivor, all other Survivors within your Terror Radius suffer from the Exposed status effect for a brief duration.
Hex: Crowd Control
After a Survivor performs a rushed vault through a window, the Entity blocks that window for a short period of time. The Hex effects persist as long as the related Hex Totem is standing.
No Way Out
Whenever you hook a new Survivor, you gain a token. Once the final generator has been repaired, the Entity blocks both Exit Gate switches for a time based on the number of tokens in your possession.
When it comes to lore, the Trickster is one of the most modern Killers. Unlike his colleagues, who were pulled from periods of time like mid-20th century France or ancient Babylon, the Trickster seems to come from the current era. His lore gives more detail as to why he was selected to join the Killers, along with fearsome characters like a serial killer clown and a murderous, tortured spirit.
A vain and talented singer, Ji-Woon thrived under the attention of others. His talent caught the attention of Yun-Jin Lee, a producer with Mightee One Entertainment. She recruited him into the boy band, NO SPIN, kickstarting a lifestyle of fame and celebrity. Yet, over time, the thrill faded. He begrudged his bandmates for dividing the adoration deserved for himself. When a fire broke out in their studio, he left them to die, their pleas for salvation exciting him. Emerging from the inferno, he played the part of bereaved survivor, though he secretly harbored a newfound addiction in controlling the lives—and deaths—of others. He began abducting victims to torture and kill. Murder scenes became elaborate art pieces, and the screams of the dead were recorded and secretly woven into his tracks.
As murder became his artistic outlet, his music faltered. Mightee One’s executives reacted by restricting his creative control. He considered this a grave insult. His revenge came three months later at a private show planned for the executive board. Nitrous oxide seeped into the hall, incapacitating each member. Ji-Woon bound and tortured them on-stage in an elaborate performance. Only Yun-Jin was given a stay of execution—his favorite allowed to be the sole audience member, eyes pried open. As the show ended, he bowed, and made his way to Yun-Jin, intent on tying up loose ends. But before he could strike—The Fog. Billowing in, it revealed a realm adorned with rusted hooks, sustained by a million eyes that would watch him, run from him, experience him. All he had to do was accept, become an implement of The Fog and, most importantly, make them scream.
Yun-Jin Lee was brought into the Entity’s Realm along with Ji-Woon. As a producer and team player, she gets benefits when her allies are in trouble. She comes with three unique perks like other Survivors.
Each time another Survivor is hooked, you gain tokens that when consumed grant a progression bonus after successfully performing a great Skill Check on generators.
After stunning the Killer with a pallet, break into a sprint to escape the area. Sprinting causes the Exhausted status effect, and the perk cannot be used again while Exhausted.
Whenever a nearby Survivor gets hit by a basic or special attack Self-Preservation activates, hiding the Scratch Marks you leave behind for a short time.
Yun-Jin’s lore shows the other side of the Trickster’s descent into madness. While Killers and Survivors are introduced together in Chapters, it’s rare that they are so connected through the lore. Jeff Johansen and the Legion both come from the same small town in Canada, for instance, but as far as we know they weren’t aware of each other. Yun-Jin and the Trickster, on the other hand, were very closely connected, which has interesting implications for the game’s lore.
Resilient and ambitious, Yun-Jin Lee was born into a life of hardship finding success in the music industry after years of effort and self-sacrifice. At seventeen, she auditioned for renowned record label Mightee One Entertainment. While she was rejected as an idol trainee, she obtained an unpaid internship at the studio. For the following years, she created some of the studio’s biggest hits, without any credit or recognition. To get her dues, she emerged in the public eye wearing flamboyant fashion and put soundbites into her songs that looped her artist name, Magnum Opus. Fans began to recognize her songs and she became the producer of NO SPIN, a poorly performing boy band that needed her special touch.
To make NO SPIN stand out, she added a fresh recruit to their rank: Ji-Woon Hak. Within hours their first video was a viral sensation. But their success took a tragic turn when a fire engulfed the recording studio. All members of NO SPIN perished except one: Ji-Woon. To save both of their careers, Yun-Jin created a new single that re-launched Ji-Woon as the Trickster. The new single broke records internationally, launching Trickster’s global tour. While success greeted them on every shore, so did a series of disturbing murders. Then pressure came from Mightee One Entertainment who disapproved the violent themes in the Trickster’s music. Yun-Jin and Ji-Woon were given three months to create a commercial hit. When the time came, Yun-Jin took a seat next to the executives, confident that the Trickster’s performance would impress them. What followed was a terrifying nightmare coming to life.
Dead by Daylight is also in the midst of a remastering process, with the recent Realm Beyond update focused on bringing old maps and Killers up to the current visual standard. Behaviour also recently unveiled a colorblind mode, which should help players in their role as either Killer or Survivor.